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Equal access to care helps close survival gap for young African-American cancer patients
Date:4/30/2012

rain tumors. St. Jude patients were also more likely than the ones from SEER to be enrolled in clinical trials.

Pui noted that high-risk or advanced cancers were more common among St. Jude patients than among other children with cancer. St. Jude is a referral center with clinical trials that focus on difficult or advanced cancer.

St. Jude treats all qualified patients regardless of a family's ability to pay. The hospital does not routinely collect socioeconomic information about patients but a check of the insurance coverage of patients in this study found African- American children were more likely than white children to be uninsured or covered through government health plans. Researchers noted that insurance coverage can be a marker of socioeconomic status and also influence a patient's access to bone marrow transplants and other expensive therapies.


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Contact: Summer Freeman
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901-595-3061
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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